[vee-uh-luh n-chel-oh, vahy-]
Origin of violoncello
1715–25; < Italian, equivalent to violon(e) violone + -cello diminutive suffix
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Examples from the Web for violoncello
Old Brunken was in the music-room, playing to himself upon the violoncello.The First Violin
I will order a carriage for them, and they will take charge of your violoncello.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
A Violoncello by Nicholas Amati, with case and bow, £17 17s.
He plays the Fiddle well, the Harpsichord well, the Violoncello well.
They have also a kind of clarinet, three or four different sorts of trumpets, and a stringed instrument not unlike a violoncello.
- the full name for cello
C18: from Italian, from violone + -cello, diminutive suffix
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Word Origin and History for violoncello
1724, from Italian violoncello, diminutive of violone "bass viol," augmentative of viola (see viola).
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